With Pre-Seed Funding, Vernacular Podcast Platform Kuku FM Takes On Music Streaming Giants

Online music and podcasts streaming are on the rise in India. Having originally targeted metro cities, OTT music streaming apps are finding great success in traditionally less-digitized states. Spotify’s Diwali reports underlined this trend by revealing that Bihar led the way in the state-wise streaming charts for Diwali-related music.



NoBroker Bags USD 10 Mn Funding From General Atlantic

Rental eCommerce Nobroker has raised USD 10 Mn in fresh funding from Singapore-based investment firm General Atlantic.


Cyber Security

Cybersecurity Startup Safehouse Technologies Secures Funding From Barclays Ventures

SafeHouse Technologies Ltd, a startup focussed on mobile-first cybersecurity, has raised USD 2.2 million (approximately INR 15.55 crore at current exchange rates) in a seed funding round led by Barclays UK Ventures, the venture capital business unit of British multinational financial services group Barclays.



Hoopy Raises Funds From Lead Angels, Venture Farmer

Bangalore-based vehicle maintenance startup Hoopy has raised an undisclosed amount in its recent round of fundraising from Bangalore-based family office Venture Farmer and Lead Angels Network. Venture Farmer's contribution was advised by CreedCap Asia Pvt. Ltd.



Transport Startup Piggyride Raises INR 7.5 Cr From JAFCO Asia, Angel Investors

Bengaluru-based transport service for kids, PiggyRide has raised INR 7.5 crore led by JAFCO Investment Asia Pacific, along with a clutch of angel investors, including InMobi’s Naveen Tewari; Livspace Co-founders Ramakant Sharma and Anuj Srivastava; Goldman Sachs' MD, Niladri Mukhopadhyay; Zipdial’s Amiya Pathak; and EzCred’s Sachin Maheshwari.


Marketing Tech

Experian Invests In Mobile Marketing Platform Vserv

Data, analytics, and decisioning company Experian have picked up a strategic stake in smart data mobile marketing platform Vserv Digital Services. While the deal size and amount were undisclosed, the company stated the investment was in line with its vision to boost financial inclusion, by ensuring a friction-free digital onboarding experience for its consumers.